::Brickyard 400


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Crown Royal Presents the 'Your Hero's Name Here' 400 at the Brickyard (formerly and commonly known as simply the Brickyard 400) is an annual {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} NASCAR Sprint Cup points race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The inaugural race was held in 1994, and the 400 was the first race other than the Indianapolis 500 to be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1916. In its inaugural season, the Brickyard 400 became NASCAR's most-attended event, drawing an estimated crowd of more than 250,000 spectators in 1994. It also pays NASCAR's second-highest purse, second only to the Daytona 500.

The term "Brickyard" is a reference to the nickname historically used for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. When the race course opened in 1909, the track surface was crushed stone and tar. That surface was the cause of numerous and sometimes fatal accidents, so the track was repaved with 3.2 million bricks in time for the inaugural Indy 500 in 1911, giving rise to the name Brickyard. Over time the bricks have been covered with asphalt, and now only a one-yard strip of brick at the start/finish line remains exposed.

From 2005–2009, the race was known as the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, under a naming rights arrangement with Allstate Insurance.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }}</ref> From 2011-2014, Big Machine Records was the presenting sponsor.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Since 2011, Crown Royal has been the title sponsor of the race; <ref name="07-28-2011"/><ref name="crownroyalsponsor">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Under Crown Royal sponsorship, the race has also been part of Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here" program, in which the race is named after a U.S. armed forces member or first responder nominated by fans.<ref name="07-28-2011">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Accordingly, the 2015 race was branded as Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

The names of the winners of the Brickyard 400 are inscribed on the PPG Trophy, which is permanently housed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 on August 6, 1994. He is the most-successful driver in the history of the race, with a record five victories and three pole positions. Hendrick Motorsports has been the most successful team with nine total wins and five poles.

The race is currently part of the Super Weekend at the Brickyard, which features races for the Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and the United SportsCar Championship. The stock car races are on the oval, while the sports car events are conducted on the speedway's road course layout.

Brickyard 400 sections
Intro  Race origins  Race details  Race recaps  Past winners  Pole position winners  Statistics  Pre-race ceremonies  Television and radio  See also  References  External links  

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